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This volume looks at a range of texts and practices that address race and its relationship with television. The chapters explore television policy and the management of race, how transnationalism can diminish racial diversity, historical questions of representation, the myth of a multicultural England and more. They also provide analyses of programmes such as Doctor Who, Shoot the Messenger, Desi DNA, Survivors and Top Boy, all of which are considered in the context of the broadcast environments that helped to create them. While efforts have been made to put diverse portrayals on screen, there are still significant problems with the stories being told. -- .
Official companion book to the hugely successful TV series, showcasing spectacular concept art and candid behind-the-scenes photography, accompanied by quotes from the showrunners. The Expanse is a modern TV revelation. Adapted from the hugely popular novels by James S. A. Corey, this Hugo Award-winning story of conspiracy, adventure and intrigue in a galaxy tearing itself apart through civil war has captivated audiences worldwide with its high-concept vision of the future. The Art and Making of The Expanse goes behind the scenes of the first three seasons of the show, exploring how the bestselling books were turned into one of the most highly regarded science fiction TV series of the 21st century. Packed with stunning concept art and compelling photography, the cast, crew and creators reveal the ideas, processes, inspirations and obstacles behind the making of this massively popular series.
Beginning in the 1930s and moving into the post millennium, this book provides a historical analysis of the policies and practices established by the BBC as it attempted to assist white Britons in adjusting to the presence of African-Caribbeans. Among the themes the book explores are current representations of race, the future of British television and its impact on multi-ethnic audiences. The chapters include an extensive analysis of television programming, along with personal interviews that reveal the efforts of black Britons working for the BBC, whether as writers, producers or actors. -- .
In Treme, Jaimey Fisher analyzes how the HBO television series Treme treads new ground by engaging with historical events and their traumatic aftermaths, in particular, with Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and subsequent flooding in New Orleans. Instead of building up to a devastating occurrence, David Simon's much anticipated follow-up to The Wire (2002-8) unfolds with characters coping in the wake of catastrophe, in a mode of what Fisher explores as a prevailing mode of afterness. Treme charts these changes while also memorializing the number of New Orleans cultures that were immediately endangered. David Simon's and Eric Overmyer's Treme (2010-13) attempts something unprecedented for a multi-season series. Although the show follows, in some ways, in the celebrated footsteps of The Wire-for example, in its elegiac tracking of the historical struggles of an American city-Fisher investigates how Treme varies from The Wire's work with genre and what replaces it: The Wire is a careful, even baroque variation on the police drama, while Treme dispenses with genre altogether. This poses considerable challenges for popular television, which Simon and Overmyer address in several ways, including offering a carefully montaged map of New Orleans and foregrounding the distance witnessing of watershed events there. Another way in which Treme sets itself apart is its memorialization of the city's inestimable contributions to American music, especially to jazz, soul, rhythm and blues, rap, rock, and funk. Treme gives such music and its many makers unprecedented attention, both in terms of screen time for music and narrative exposition around musicians. A key element of the volume is its look at the show's themes of race, crime, and civil rights as well as the corporate versus community recovery and remaking of the city. Treme's synthesizing melange of the arts in their specific geographical context, coupled with political and socio-economic analysis of the city, highlights the show's unique approach. Fans of the works of Simon and Overmyer, as well as television studies students and scholars, will enjoy this keen-eyed approach to a beloved show.
Everyone has their favourite Python sketches, which they can often quote almost verbatim, whether it is 'the Parrot Sketch', 'the Cheese Shop' or 'Blackmail' - amongst many. Likewise the Python films, the mere mention of which might solicit quotes like `Tis but a flesh wound' or `He's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy'. But what lies beyond these well-remembered favourites? How many remember the 'Fresh Fruit Self Defence' sketch, of 'the Fish-Slapping dance'? Or even such almost-forgotten curios as 'Blancmanges Playing Tennis', 'The Olympic Hide And Seek Final' and 'The Batley Townswomen's Guild Re-enacting Pearl Harbour'. This book will shine a light on all of these often hilarious but occasionally misfiring curios. As well as the films and all 45 TV episodes, the record albums will also be examined for their content and how it differed from the TV show, as well as the books which came out as spin-off merchandise - but were never less than brilliantly entertaining for all that. How did Python come to be, what tensions were there between its stars, and what was the atmosphere like when the crew re-united to make the films long after they had left their TV show days behind them? All this will get an answer and much, much more... Now, do you want to read for five minutes, or the full half-hour?
Treat your friends, family, and crew with Firefly: The Big Damn Cookbook. Featuring over 70 recipes inspired by Joss Whedon's cult TV show and illustrated with gorgeous full-color photography, you'll never have to settle for protein blocks again. Explore new and fan-favorite foods from across the 'Verse, including: - Mudder's milk - Simon's protein birthday cake - Zoe's 'Wife Soup' - Ice planets - Fresh bao - Southdown Abbey couscous - Gunpowder gimlet - Fruity oaty bars - Mama Reynold's shoofly pie ...and more. The Big Damn Cookbook will keep you and your fellow Browncoats well fed even on your longest smuggling runs.
The pioneering, incisive, lavishly illustrated survey of noir on television-the first of its kind Noir-as a style, movement, or sensibility-has its roots in hardboiled detective fiction by writers like Chandler and Hammett, and films adapted from their novels were among the first called film noir by French cine astes. But film isn't the only medium with a taste for a dark story. Hundreds of noir dramas have been produced for television, featuring detectives and femmes fatales, gangsters, and dark deeds, continuing week after week, with a new disruption of the social order. In TV Noir, television historian Allen Glover presents the first complete study of the subject. Deconstructing its key elements with astute analysis, from NBC's adaptation of Woolrich's The Black Angel to the anthology programs of the '40s and '50s, from the classic period of Dragnet, M Squad, and 77 Sunset Strip to neo-noirs of the '60s and '70s including The Fugitive, Kolchak, and Harry O., this is the essential volume on TV noir.
Is your dad a Simpsons fan? Of course he is! Get him the most entertaining book on The Simpsons yet, just in time for Father's Day! Semi-Finalist for the 2019 James Thurber Award * One of Vulture's Top-10 Comedy Books of 2018 * A Must pick by Entertainment Weekly * An A.V. Club Best Books selection * A New and Noteworthy selection by USA Today In celebration of The Simpsons thirtieth anniversary, the show's longest-serving writer and producer offers a humorous look at the writing and making of the legendary Fox series that has become one of the most revered artistic achievements in television history. Four-time Emmy winner Mike Reiss-who has worked on The Simpsons continuously since episode one in 1989-shares stories, scandals, and gossip about working with America's most iconic cartoon family ever. Reiss explains how the episodes are created, and provides an inside look at the show's writers, animators, actors and celebrity guests. He answers a range of questions from Simpsons fans and die-hards, and reminisces about the making of perennially favorite episodes. In his freewheeling, irreverent comic style, Reiss reflects on his lifetime inside The Simpsons-a personal highlights reel of his achievements, observations, and favorite stories. Springfield Confidential exposes why Matt Groening decided to make all of the characters yellow; dishes on what it's like to be crammed in a room full of funny writers sixty hours a week; and tells what Reiss learned after traveling to seventy-one countries where The Simpsons is watched (ironic note: there's no electricity in many of these places); and even reveals where Springfield is located! He features unique interviews with Judd Apatow, who also provided the foreword, and Conan O'Brien, as well as with Simpsons legends Al Jean, Nancy Cartwright, Dan Castellaneta, and more. Like Cary Elwes' As You Wish, Jennifer Keishin Armstrong's Seinfeldia, and Chris Smith's The Daily Show: An Oral History, Springfield Confidential is a funny, informational, and exclusive look at one of the most beloved programs in all of television land.
The complete critical companion to The X-Files In Monsters of the Week: The Complete Critical Companion to The X-Files, TV critics Zack Handlen and Todd VanDerWerff look back at exactly what made the long-running cult series so groundbreaking. Packed with insightful reviews of every episode-including the tenth and eleventh seasons and both major motion pictures-Monsters of the Week leaves no mystery unsolved and no monster unexplained. This crucial collection includes a foreword by series creator Chris Carter as well as exclusive interviews with some of show's stars and screenwriters, including Carter, Vince Gilligan, Mitch Pileggi, James Wong, Robert Patrick, Darin Morgan, and more. Monsters of the Week is the definitive guide to The X-Files-whether you're a lifelong viewer or a new fan uncovering the conspiracy for the first time.